St Pius X High School, Adamstown, is a coeducational Catholic school serving students in Years 7 to 10, with a current enrolment is just over 1050 students. The school has a proud history and an excellent reputation both in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and farther afield.
Mission, Vision and Values
St Pius X High School is a Catholic community that nurtures faith, excellence and lifelong learning.
St Pius realises its Mission by:
- Witnessing to Gospel values and Catholic tradition
- Ensuring the school is a safe place where all feel that they belong
- Enhancing wellbeing and resilience so that students are prepared to embrace life’s challenges
- Fostering positive relationships based on inclusion, respect and tolerance
- Developing the spiritual, academic, physical and creative gifts of students
- Providing quality teaching and learning experiences
- Encouraging students to reach their full potential
- Working in partnership with parents, carers, parishes and the wider community
- Affirming staff as positive role models
- Empowering students to be responsible global citizens.
The St Pius X High School community is guided by its House Charisms:
- Outreach and Service
- Justice and Compassion
- Wisdom and Vision.
Motto: Instaurare omnia in Christo (Renewing all things in Christ).
Sister School: Uminohoshi High School in Hamamatsu Japan.
The community of St Pius X seeks to provide an education grounded in the Gospel values of love, justice and truth. The School aims for excellence in all areas, providing a range of opportunities for all students to experience success.
Through the implementation of a Pastoral Care system, St Pius endeavours to make the school specifically Catholic in philosophy and practice, and to foster community through student, parent, staff and parish involvement. The school’s Care Groups and House System ensure that students experience high quality pastoral care and that parents are genuine partners in their children’s education. The school has a strong school spirit with a student body who loves their school.
The school has a high standard in all educational areas and makes special provision for both gifted and talented students, as well as for students with learning difficulties. Faith is a strong focus with daily student prayer, fortnightly Care Class Masses, whole school Liturgies to celebrate special occasions, staff prayer, staff spiritual formation days and retreats, community days for Years 7, 8 and 9, and a three day retreat for Year 10 in addition to the Religious Studies program. These events and programs aim to meet the spiritual needs of students and staff.
St Pius X students have traditionally performed well above the state average in the NAPLAN tests and continue to be high achievers in the Higher School Certificate. Students take part in many academic competitions and many perform with distinction.
Both traditional and contemporary courses are run by the school and the large student population means that a wide range of elective courses in Years 9 and 10 can be offered. Examples of contemporary courses run at St Pius include Certificate I in Hospitality and a Stage 5 iSTEM Elective Course.
St Pius X students are noted for both their cultural and sporting successes. Students do particularly well in debating, public speaking and mock trials, as well as in the areas of music, drama and visual arts. St Pius X also has a rapidly growing reputation in vocal, musical and dramatic performance. The dynamic music programs enable many students to become proficient in vocals and/or in playing musical instruments and playing in bands and ensembles. Among its sporting achievements, the school participates in many team sports – League, Rugby, AFL, Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Swimming, Cheerleading and Cricket. Past and Present students have excelled in Swimming, Surfing, Tennis, Golf, Dressage and Figure Skating.
Whole school strategic planning enables St Pius X to be forward-looking and to keep pace with the rapidly changing educational environment in a proactive manner. The school’s Strategic Plan and School Improvement Plan are available on the school website under the Parents tab, on the Publications page.
St Pius X High School, Adamstown, accepts students from the areas of Adamstown, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Kotara South, Lambton, Newcastle, New Lambton, Wallsend and Shortland, defined by the primary school zones.
Students of St Pius X High School, Adamstown are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton.